Interview: Trent Evans of Pass~Port Explains the Australian Nike SB Dunk High

Sydney's Pass~Port brings the world of SB Dunks to the bottom of the map with an outdoors-inspired flip on the Dunk High. Trent Evans gives us the full story.

Jack O'Grady grinds a kink rail in the Blue Mountains for the Pass~Port x Nike SB Dunk High
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Jack O'Grady grinds a kink rail in the Blue Mountains for the Pass~Port x Nike SB Dunk High

Jack O'Grady grinds a kink rail in the Blue Mountains for the Pass~Port x Nike SB Dunk High

Travis Scott. Supreme. Ben & Jerry’s. Union LA. Nike SB’s long list of collaborators blends skaters, skate stores, big-name brands and celebs, each of them expertly curated to fit SB’s time-honoured ethos. When Nike SB hooked up collabs in the mid-00s, sneaker culture as we now know it was born. Pigeons, Tiffanys and Heinekens became instant grails. The formula was established. In the second wave of SB Dunk supremacy the collabs are hitting just as hard and, this time, we’re getting a little love at the bottom of the map.

The SB Swoosh cosign isn’t afforded to just anyone but, with a rock-solid international reputation, a well-established relationship with Nike and – perhaps most importantly – a fixed focus on community, Sydney’s own Pass~Port is about to shake up the world with its unique spin on the SB Dunk High. 

The Pass~Port story begins in 2009 when Trent Evans set up shop in Sydney. Since then, the brand has added international stockists and collaborated locally (Fast Times) and internationally (Carhartt). In 2015, Nike and Pass~Port linked up to create a stealthy SB Blazer in tonal black and, Thursday March 3, they’ll launch the next chapter – the Pass~Port SB Dunk High.

Ahead of the highly-anticipated release, Complex AU spoke to Trent Evans about the sneaker, the store and what he thinks of high-fashion skate sneaks.

Ralph Langslow in the Pass~Port x Nike SB Dunk High
Jason Rainbird in the Pass~Post x Nike SB Dunk High